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The Open Portal (Book 1, Conquest Of the veil)



- The Feathered Quill Finalist (2019)

- Readers Choice 5-Star (2019)


BUT WITH DREAMS, THERE CAN ALSO BE NIGHTMARES... Lonely and plain-featured, Mona Parker is just another faceless teenager at Spring Hill High School when she angers a beautiful and arrogant classmate. Bullied relentlessly and with nowhere to turn, Mona’s colorless life turns into a hellish existence. Mona considers suicide until one night, Thaddeus Finkle, her guardian angel, appears and offers her a way out;SWAP LIVES WITH ANOTHER: Mona takes the angel up on his offer. She awakes on Meredith, a parallel world of Earth where magic has replaced technology. Mona discovers she is Alexandria, a woman of stunning beauty, and the daughter of a Duke complete with servants and riches. Her wildest dreams have come true.Then she discovers the price of her bargain. Trapped behind the Veil, an impenetrable curtain of magic, the Duchy of Wheel is the last major province still unconquered by the cruel sorceress, Marlinda, the creator of the enchanted barrier. And Marlinda has special plans for Alexandria.Tal, the hotheaded, impulsive Prince and Heir of the Empire of Meredith, has been banished to a remote garrison for his reckless behavior. There he happens upon a group of raiders—one whose leader possesses the means for opening a way through the Veil.Alexandria and Tal’s paths will cross…but in ways neither could ever have imagined.



The Open Portal is packed full of action from the time it begins, and flies off the pages

The Book Review

I wholeheartedly recommend this one to fans of high fantasy. You will want to get in on the ground floor of this new series!

Reading By Moonlight

The Open Portal is a fantastic, intriguing, and adventurous beginning to the Conquest of the Veil series! 


A solid foundation for an action-packed fantasy series. While only an introductory novel, The Open Portal, feels like it already has decades-worth of history behind it.

The Page Unbound

When I finished The Open Portal all I wanted was to read more. I feel like Clifton has cleverly crafted such an extraordinary world and is building up to something truly spectacular. I can't wait to see where Clifton takes this story next!

Book Fidelity

The characters are treated with much care by Clifton and is a great set up for the next book!


I admired Clifton’s descriptions of each character and the different settings. I was truly transported


I am a sucker for a good fantasy and The Open Portal did not disappoint. The author has a huge imagination, and I recommend this book to readers of high fantasy

The Page Unbound

The Open Portal is aptly named for its grand use of fantasy, adventure, and dizzying effect of imagery. I was continuously impressed by the details and wild imagination, and I’m definitely recommending this one to fantasy lovers

Recipe and a Read

 A bang-up first installment to set up the series!

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